Compassion & Respect
I will treat others with the same compassion and respect that I would want my family to experience.
It’s a privilege to be a nurse, and to have the trust and respect of your patients. And I believe respect is something that goes both ways. You have to see your patients as more than patients — each of them is someone’s mother, grandfather or sister.
As Christians, we learn that we’re not here for ourselves, we’re here to serve others. I think of every patient like family. I make sure they know my name, and if they call for anything, I respond right away, because that’s what I would want if I were a patient. I’m attentive to their needs, and I explain what’s happening. Little things like offering a warm blanket can go a long way, too.
Compassion and respect are important to me as I work side-by-side with my colleagues, as well. I’m concerned about what they need and how they’re doing. They know that I’ve been where they are, and I will be there for them when they need me.